Cat Scratchers Make Useful and Fun Christmas Gifts

If you own a cat, the top item on your wish list this holiday season may be a way to stop your pet from clawing up your possessions.

It is a natural instinct for a cat to scratch, and there is no way to stop it other than declawing.

However, this is considered inhumane by most pet owners. Another way to save your furniture and other items is by giving your cat a cat scratcher for Christmas.

Why Do Cats Scratch?

A cat’s scratching in an innate trait that they are born with. They perform the actions for various reasons.

The first is to mark their territory, similar to the way that dogs urinate on trees and other objects.

They also do it as a form of exercise. Dragging their claws across fabric strengthens the muscles in their legs.

Others cats may scratch because they are bored or because they feel it is fun.

What are Cat Scratchers?

Cat scratchers come in a number of shapes, sizes, and materials. The cheapest ones may be nothing more than a round disk covered in carpet.

Some are tall posts wrapped in cloth that stand alone on a base.

Others are more elaborate, looking like kitty homes or play centers.

They are designed to distract cats and keep them from destroying your furniture, bedding, curtains, and other fabrics.

What are Some of the Best Cat Scratchers for Christmas?

There are many cat scratchers on the market today. Amazon carries a great deal of them, and they may vary in price and size.

The following are two of the top selling cat scratchers in 2010.

* The first popular cat scratcher on Amazon is the Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy.

It is 16 inch circular pad that allows your cat to scratch to its heart’s content.

The scratching pad is replaceable, meaning it can be used for a long while. It is surrounded by a shallow track that you can place a ball into for the cat to play with when they get bored with scratching.

The Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy is available for about $11, and additional pads can be purchased on Amazon as well.

* A second hot cat scratcher for the holiday season is the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post.

This tower is made from sisal, a fibrous fabric that cats cannot resist to scratch.

It stands 32 inches high and is perfect for the cat who likes to scratch in a vertical fashion.

The top of the post is a wide, flat surface that allows adventurous cats to climb up the scratcher and perch themselves at the top. The Ultimate Scratching Post by SmartCat runs about $50 on Amazon.

If your cat does not have a cat scratcher to prevent them from defacing your property, this holiday season presents the perfect opportunity for you to protect your furniture and your sanity.

If you want to see what gift ideas from here that you can buy online at Amazon, just click here >> cat scratcher gift ideas

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